“Because He Lives…”

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God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives.
But greater still the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days because He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

And then one day I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain.
And then as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone!
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives!

The verses of this very popular Easter song came back to me the other day when I chanced upon an article online which talked about Bill and Gloria Gaither, the musical husband and wife duo credited with having penned down some six hundred songs as well as sixty recordings in addition to several musicals.

The story of their song composition goes thus: Generally Bill would have an idea in mind based on which he would write down a musical piece, and eventually leave it to Gloria to write the rest of the words. This particular Southern Gospel song – Because He Lives – is no exception. Still remember mother explaining it to me; the first verse presenting the gospel of Christ, the second verse portraying the life of a new baby and so on. And of course, the realization that God will make sure all those who trust Him will be able to face tomorrow along with all the uncertainties it brings.

Nostalgia, eh? Happens during Easter every year 🙂

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